Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Lions looking for ways to help young golfers

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The Olney Lions Club is looking for individuals and organizations to help sponsor a Youth Golf Program to benefit CHADD, or Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit⁄Hyperactivity Disorder Inc.

The program offers golf instruction for children ages 6 to 17 who are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.

Instruction will begin Saturday morning at Olney Golf Park and continue monthly through October.

Session dates are July 12-26, Aug. 9-23, Sept. 13-27 and Oct. 11-25.

For more information on offering financial, in-kind or volunteer support, call Olney Lions Club President Paul Bolton at 301-774-5084 or visit

CHADD is a nonprofit organization with a chapter in Montgomery County.

Another chanceto see ‘Mousetrap’

Olney Theatre Center has extended its production of Gather Christie’s ‘‘The Mousetrap” through July 20.

‘‘Dame Gather’s enduring power to delight her audiences with her whodunit confections is proven again by our ability to extend ‘The Mousetrap’ for two weeks,” Artistic Director Jim Peosta said in a press release.

Olney Theatre has now extended five of its six Main stage productions since the new stage opened.

Tickets are $25 to $48 with discounts available to groups, seniors and students. Call the box office at 301-924-3400 or visit for tickets.

Sister’s paths convergeon graduation stage

Two area sisters traveled divergent paths as young adults, only to find that the path crossed in recent years.

During a graduation exercise on May 16 on the campus of the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Christy Petersen Darrington and Brooke Petersen, daughters of Dave and Terri Petersen of Olney, received master’s degree in social work.

Duane Slocum, grandfather of the graduates and a reporter for the Woodmen Edition and Cheyenne Edition, two weekly newspapers in Colorado Springs, Colo., traveled with his wife, Bobbie, to Maryland to attend the graduation convocation.

Slocum recounted the story of his granddaughters to The Gazette:

Christy, 27, graduated from Sherwood High and attended Ricks College in Idaho before transferring to Utah State University to graduate with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work in May 2004.

During that journey, there was an engagement and subsequent marriage to Brady Darrington on July 6, 2001. Their first child, Carter, was born in February 2004, just before their graduation.

A year off, a move back to Maryland and another child followed next, and Christy decided to finish the master’s program she had begun. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Brooke, 24, took a more traditional route after graduating from James Hubert Blake High School in 2002. She attended one semester at Arizona State before transferring to Montgomery College, where she received her associate degree in psychology. She enrolled at University of Maryland and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors and continued on at UMB, receiving her master’s degree in one year.

Brooke recently became engaged to Dave D’Amico, a police officer in New Jersey. She plans to take the social work licensing test in order to do individual, family and marriage counseling.

On campus

*Kathryn Wilhite McNamara, a rising senior international studies major at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester. A graduate of Richard Montgomery High School, she is the daughter of Patrick and Kristin McNamara of Derwood. All students on the Dean’s List have a grade point average of 3.7 or above on a 4.0 GPA scale.

*Richard McPayten of Silver Spring graduated in May with a Master of Arts degree in Christian counseling and discipleship from Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham. He hopes to become a senior pastor and adjunct professor.

If you have an interesting note about the people and the events of Olney, Brookeville, Sandy Spring and Ashton, send it to Judith Hruz, Editor, The Olney Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, Md. 20877; or e-mail it to me at Our fax numbers are 301-670-7182 or 301-670-7183. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. All items subject to editing and space availability.